Focus on Tallahassee

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has been sworn in as Florida’s new governor.

DeSantis took his oath Tuesday in front of the state’s historical Old Capitol. He then began a speech promising to build on the economic foundation Republican Gov. Rick Scott laid over the previous eight years.

DeSantis said Florida needs to remain a low-tax state and reduce regulations on businesses.

He also said the environment and education will be a priority as he begins his term.

Scott was in attendance at the ceremony and was sworn in as a U.S. senator later Tuesday.

In his speech, DeSantis gave God credit for ending slavery, helping the civil rights movement and winning the Cold War against communism. He also said during a prayer breakfast Tuesday hours before his inauguration that faith will help mend political division.

“The United States never would have been able to eradicate slavery without God.”

DeSantis also lamented about the nastiness of politics and said the more people look to God, “the easier it will be for us to solve problems.”

DeSantis said he decided not to have a traditional inaugural parade for two reasons: He feels uncomfortable with the attention, and he wants to use the time so he and his wife can baptize their 9-month-old son.

Former Orange County Commissioner Rod Love attended the inauguration and looked forward to DeSantis’ plan for Florida.

“I welcome the leadership of Governor DeSantis, I  especially welcome his vision of less government,  more empowering of the people and our faith and belief to raise our families and grow our businesses with limited government intrusion,” Love said. “I remain very optimistic about Florida’s future.”

Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson was also in attendance and was pleased that DeSantis is taking care of some long overdue Florida business his first week in office.

“It was great to hear that Governor DeSantis, as one of his first initiatives, is to review the case to pardon the Groveland Four,” Nelson said. “I look forward to his leadership.”

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